Director of Finance and Operations

The Nature Conservancy   •  

Lexington, KY

Industry: Government & Non-Profit


5 - 7 years

Posted 136 days ago

This job is no longer available.


The Director of Finance and Operations does some combination of the following:

  • Act independently and in supervisor’s stead as needed; exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems.
  • Develop and implement new initiatives that will ensure department and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved.
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, Conservancy policies and procedures, GAAP, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance. Decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
  • Provide timely and accurate financial reports and analysis to board members and project managers.
  • Develop and monitor budget, forecast, sustainability, and strategic financial plans.
  • Perform general accounting duties to include: basic journal entries for transfers, loans, land transactions, accruals, deferred revenue and expense corrections.
  • Review and monitor Income Statement and balance sheet (including pledges) items at month and year-end close.
  • Provide financial expertise on land deals or other special projects.
  • Ensure revenue, expenses and net assets are managed to reflect donor intent, including working with cross-functional teams to perform revenue allocation.
  • Manage privately funded awards.
  • Collaborate with Grants Specialists on managing public awards.
  • Oversee day-to-day financial activities such as purchasing, processing invoices, negotiating, and contracting with vendors.
  • Ensure contracted vendors carry required insurance coverage and that appropriate documentation is obtained and maintained.
  • Maintain confidentiality of frequently sensitive and confidential information.
  • Manage and implement multiple projects, including setting deadlines and ensuring accountability.
  • Travel occasionally, working long and flexible hours as needed.
  • May supervise one or more administrative or professional staff, responsibility includes training and professional development.
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience or equivalent combination, including 2 years managing operations functions.
  • Finance / Accounting experience.
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple projects.
  • Experience generating financial reports, and analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Experience developing and administering departmental budget or equivalent.
  • Experience negotiating agreements.
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, and/or volunteers.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience in handling confidential information.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated.
  • Ability to manage and implement complex processes.
  • Ability to work in partnership with others in a collaborative role.
  • Advanced knowledge in current and evolving technology related to field of experience.
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in the specific field, preferably in a non-profit environment.
  • Experience working with government awards.
  • Experience working with fundraising campaigns.
  • Strong organization, planning, and problem-solving skills.
  • Successful experience implementing strategic program goals.
  • Degree in Accounting.
  • Non-profit GAAP accounting experience.
  • Experience recruiting and onboarding new employees.
  • Advanced understanding of fundamental HR concepts, processes, and services including performance management.